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Eisenstein, 1997. Social Research 64(3):1049-1066

From the Printed Word to the Moving Image
Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Technology and the Rest of Culture
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 64, No. 3 (Fall 1997): 1049-1066

ABSTRACT: This article discusses the consequences of technological innovations in communications. Novelists were not alone in expressing concern about the effects of sensational journalism. Doctors became alarmed over the deterioration of the nation's mental health. A physician named Isaac Ray published a book entitled Mental Hygiene in 1863 in which he noted, among other worries, the adverse effects of crime reporting on the national psyche. To the historian of early modern science, probably the most important aspect of the double invention is that it led to a greater reliance on image and symbol and less reliance on words. Once it became possible to duplicate precisely rendered drawings of natural phenomena...
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